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CSPAN
Feb 12, 2011 7:00pm EST
wrote this book called "kabuki democracy" the system vs. barack obama" originally when i talked about this book in washington i thought i may have to explain no, i do not think obama lurched too far to the left and has to be brought back to the right. that is the narrative. where was i? here is the thing. barack obama invited me to dinner in 2005 and i really did not have a strong opinion of the guy going in. i did not want to this is speech in 2004 i was playing poker that night. because i never watch a convention because it is either great and depress he is not the nominee like it would have been a -- would have been. so it did not matter. you might as well have fun. i did not see it but i wind had dinner completely cold. i heard nice things but nothing specific. i was blown away by his boys, self-confidence, and good humor and strong progressive orientation and remember leaving the restaurant walking around a neighborhood in washington d.c. may be thinking my daughter who at the time was seven, would one day be able to vote for this man in the presidential election. i never imagine
FOX News
Feb 6, 2011 6:00am EST
president obama on his handling of the egypt crisis, why she says the crucial 3 a.m. call went right to voice mail. >> and we're getting ready for football. more importantly, the commercials. >> oh, check this out. >> ♪ >> don't hurt my dog! >> we'll show you the other incredible ads that get people talking. >> "fox & friends" starts right now on this sunday morning. ♪ >> hi everybody, good morning, thanks for joining us this morning. peter johnson, jr. in for clayton. >> happy sunday to you. >> happy centennial celebration to ronald reagan, this'll celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday, the jonas brothers concert was yesterday. but we're talking super bowl all morning long and brian kilmeade bringing you guests from brooklyn dekker, the supermodel and it's cold, 5 a.m. and very cold. rick reichmuth will tell us how cold, i'm sure in the 30's for the super bowl and not what the fans had in mind. >> and something tells me that you have carved out a man cave-in your home. do you have one? >> i have a little bit after man cave, but wife says the whole house cannot your
CSPAN
Feb 13, 2011 1:00pm EST
at brooklyn college and cuny graduate school. he claims president obama has been unable to deliver on his campaign pledges. mr. alterman points to the american political system as the main obstacle in preventing passage of a more progressive agenda. eric alterman discusses his book at busboys and poets in washington, d.c. the program is just over an hour. >> the right wing that i am these days. a did a tour a few years ago, everywhere i went someone would call up the bookstore and say that i was sick and i had to cancel. and when i was doing a bookstore in l.a., they called c-span to cancel and c-span called me and said, you know, we're sorry you're sick and i said, well, i'm not sick. and the event went on but somebody killed all the electricity in the store while i was speaking. and it was one of those stores i don't want to disparage hippies or anything but -- it was one of those stores where nobody knew where the fuse box was. [laughter] so i had to hold the audience for 45 minutes while they found out how to get the electricity back on. [laughter] >> and i don't have 45 minutes worth
FOX News
Feb 11, 2011 3:00am EST
said that's not good enough. president obama is saying pretty much the same thing issuing a paper statement questioning the move, saying mubarak simply created doubts in the minds of the egyptian people and had not seized the opportunity to put forward a path to democracy. we are getting word in the last 20 minutes or so, egypt's military commanders have been meeting this morning. and they are about to issue some sort of statement to the people of egypt in respops to the latest developments. >> there are many who feel the military will be key in all of this. only military leaders could force mubarak from power for once and for all. on the phone with us is judith. >> hi, how are you? >> doing well. you are in israel, and what can you tell us about the mood there since this all unfolded? >> since it began it has been extremely tense. this israel depended on this peace even though it is a cold peace. when these mass protests started the israeli government began to hold intense, secret meetings to determine what to do about this crisis. the first thing they decided to do was to say no
FOX
Feb 27, 2011 5:30am PST
republicans on the tail. you had barack obama on the other side of the aisles running and making history but you look two years later, michael steele that came in as the rnc chair, diversity throughout the state level and federal level of candidates. you're starting to see that change within the republican party. now again it goes back it to, are these going to be seeds that are going to take root. is that where the challenge comes in it. we have to make sure the communication of what we're doing as far as diversifying the republican party as we go through this culture war, because you have the establishment republicans that aren't necessarily down with this as much as the new school republican is. >> i want to -- i don't necessarily agree with you. you know, i think lenny, and vanessa, a very important sign of the progress that the party is making. i think that the democratic party, the unions, and the left has done a very good job demonizing republicans as being racist, an it ti black, you're not rm there. members of the ku klux klan and forget about former senator robert byrd, the gra
MSNBC
Feb 18, 2011 3:00am EST
's still about half of what private sector pensions do. >> critics, including president obama, disagree. >> public employees, they're our neighbors. >> it's not like people are just looking for something to be upset about. >> meanness takes hold after a while and it poisons the whole atmosphere. >> democratic senators in the state are now taking extreme measures. >> democratic lawmakers are now fleeing the state. >> police officers are now looking for democrats in the state's legislature who are refusing to show up for a controversial vote. >> the legislative agenda has ground to a halt. >> while workers protest in wisconsin, washington republicans work on their own cuts and threaten a government shutdown. >> the only people cheering for government shutdown around here are democrats. >> we're terribly disappointed that speaker boehner can't control the votes in his caucus. >> if march 4th comes around and there is no agreement on this current budget, there will be a government shutdown. >> read my lips -- we're going to cut spending. >> read my lips. >> we're going to cut spending. >> g
MSNBC
Feb 23, 2011 11:00pm EST
holder, president obama has concluded he can no longer defend a federal law defining marriage as only between a man and woman. >> the justice department says it has concluded that that provision of the law, declining to recognize marriages in states where they're permitted, is unconstitutional. >> even you're evolving. >> you're not going to change his mind. >>> good evening. governor scott walker has insisted day after day that his budget repair bill is about saving money and not about union busting. but in a phone conversation with a man he believed to be billionaire david koch, walker let down his guard and said it. >> this is about public-sector unions. you essentially are having taxpayers money being used to pay to lobby for spending more of taxpayers money. it is absolutely ridiculous. it is not just what walker said about unions that has excited the governor's critics, it is his staff's desperate eagerness to put a man who he said was koch on with their boss, without feeling any need to check if it actually was mr. koch. that seems to put another check mark in the column of bou
MSNBC
Feb 23, 2011 8:00pm EST
suppression. >> according to attorney general eric holder, president obama has concluded he can no longer defend a federal law defining marriage as only between a man and woman. >> the justice department says it has concluded that that provision of the law, declining to recognize marriages in states where they're permitted, is unconstitutional. >> even you're evolving. >> you're not going to change his mind. >>> good evening. governor scott walker has insisted day after day that his budget repair bill is about saving money and not about union busting. but in a phone conversation with a man he believed to be billionaire david koch, walker let down his guard and said it. >> this is about public-sector unions. you essentially are having taxpayers money being used to pay to lobby for spending more of taxpayers money. it is absolutely ridiculous. it is not just what walker said about unions that has excited the governor's critics, it is his staff's desperate eagerness to put a man he said was koch on with their boss, without feeling any need to check if it actually was mr. koch. that seems to
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2011 6:00pm EST
as the protests break a new record, the obama admiration is backing off calling for immediate reform. disaster. we enter their fact-free zone tonight. on thursday, the republicans in the house are going to unveil their new round of spending cuts. they say they will cut on the floor 15% of discretionary spending from the domestic budget, including the money needed to regulate the banks. how convenient. they also want to cut money for food safety. yeah, who needs safe food? now, why do we need they so-called -- they're definitely drastic, but why the so-called cuts? because they blew up our budget over these massive tax cuts. republicans are addicted to these tax cuts. every time they run for office they promise move. they love to tell you that the democrats want to take more of your hard-earned money. well, this weekend the president unfortunately fed the freak-out machine with this comment. >> do you deny you're a man that wants to redistribute wealth? >> absolutely. i didn't raise taxes once. i lowered taxes over the last two years. >> that revved up the right-wing blogosphere and immediately sta
MSNBC
Feb 9, 2011 2:00am EST
.com, thank you so much. tonight in our phone call survey i asked should president obama and congress raise taxes to balance the budget? 77% of you said yes. 23% of you said no. that's "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. thanks for watching tonight here in our new time slot. >>> right versus far right. let's play hardball. >> good evening, i'm chris matthews in boston. leading off tonight, fight on the right. for the first time in decades we're looking at a real split in the conservative movement. this time over foreign policy. on one side, bill crystal, support the democracy movement in egypt, see the gop as freedom party. tea party, beck and palin were pushing conspiracy theories involving collaboration by the two president bushes and president obama or all three in fact in a muslim world order. this weird fight is our gripping top story tonight. next, donald rumsfeld, former defense secretary has been promoting a book in which he says, contrary to the facts, it was president bush who first pushed fighting the war in iraq after 9/11 when it was, yes, mr. rumsfeld yourself, sir. plus you want t
CNN
Jan 31, 2011 7:00pm EST
demonstration to date. here in washington, the obama administration is playing down concerns that if president mubarak is forced out, radical islamists could cease power. yet, there's a sense of frustration and uncertainty at the white house. the administration has made clear to president mubarak he needs an exit strategy but sees no evidence as yet he is ready for a true dialogue with his critics. as one official put it to me, "it is not clear he is listening, and he may try to overstay his already overstayed time." and we have more from cairo. >> reporter: hi, john. on that point you were just making there about the concern that exists that if the moib regime should fall there would be some islamic government that would take over, a lot of strong opinions on that front from the streets of cairo. people saying that, no, that is not the case because this is not an islamic revolt. this is a revolt of the people and what they do want is democracy. and anyone who comes into power should president mubarak should fall should be held as accountable as he is being held by the population right now. th
CNN
Feb 8, 2011 5:00pm EST
hour. there's growing concern the obama administration is sending mixed signals to egypt with the defense secretary robert gates now speaking out about the crisis for the first time, and he's praising, praisie ining in strong terms and words, the egyptian military. let's go to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. she has details. what's the latest. >> reporter: well, you know, wolf, the white house calling for a media change and the state department calling for a processive change. one thing seems very clear. the protesters are not going away. with crowds swelling in cairo's tahrir square, a greater sense of urgency from the u.s. that the egyptian government needs to show change is coming. in a phone call u.s. vice president joe biden telling egyptian vice president omar suleiman there must be a transition with, quote, immediate, irreversible progress. >> vice president suleiman made particularly unhelpful comments about egypt not being ready for democracy, about not seeing a lift of the emergency law, and i don't -- i don't think that in any way squares with what th
MSNBC
Feb 9, 2011 5:30am EST
expire at the end of this month. >>> president obama is expected to host house republican leaders at the white house for a little lunch in what the administration says is an effort to improve cooperation across party lines. those attending include speaker john boehner, majority leader eric cantor and majority whip kevin mccarthy. mccarthy will be on "morning joe" later this morning, by the way. cantor will apparently head into today's meeting not pleased, let's put it that way, after the president's speech to the chamber of comments. said obama's remarks, this sort of quid pro quo, that if washington acts to whatever it is the president is proposing, whether it's reducing the corporate rates or whether it's passing trade bills, business owes it to the country to do x, y, z, i think, the government is missing its mark. >>> they'll have language to with hold funding now. they say they'll just withhold funding. cantor says i expect to see one way or the other the product coming out of the house to the speak to that and to preclude any funding to be used for that, talking about the he
FOX News
Feb 11, 2011 12:00am EST
are confused about this, we are going to run danger of president obama following president carter, where carter lost iran. i could imagine obama losing egypt. >> sean: i think the ship has sailed. there seems to be no organized leader in terms of those that want true freedom, liberty and . the muslim brotherhood is organized and better financed and probably better armed. it seems likelihood, depending on what the military does that is going to be likely. you are at cpac today. you offer suggestions of how barack obama would be deserving to speak at cpac. all domestic. foreign policy is front and center in the country. how big an issue do you think foreign policy becomes in the 2012 election as you travel? >> well, i don't know yet. i think that if you go back and look at the period before the shah collapsed, carter looked fine. the period after there was a hostage crisis, after the to have questions invaded afghanistan, after communists were active, carter looked weak in foreign policy. it became a huge issue by 1980. right now, i think obamacare is a polarizing thing people want to appeal. the
CNN
Feb 20, 2011 11:00am EST
and rush limbau limbaugh. michael medved how that's playing on the right. >>> most of the media chids obama for not cutting enough government spending. and by the way, should the taxpayer still be coughing up cash for public broadcasting? i'm howard curtz and this is reliable sources. lara logan was supposed to be a guest on this program last week. she was going to come here to the studio and talk about how she had been arrested and handcuffed and detained by the egyptian army reporting on the protests that rocked the country. then she told us she was going back to cairo days after the detention that made her violently ill and she would join us by satellite on sunday morning. on saturday, her producer sent word she kontd make it, she was heading back to the united states. earlier this week we found out the sickening news of what actually had happened. >> lara was covering celebrations in cairo when she was surrounded by a mob, sexually assaulted and beaten. she was rescued by a group of women and egyptian soldiers. lara is back in the states now and we're pleased to report she's recovering
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2011 2:00am EST
. >>> president obama is the same guy he was a man of the middle. today he went into the lion's den, the united states chamber of congress. the republican leaning group he's done battle with for over two years. our leader will do anything to get this economy moving and creating jobs. and sarah palin's out there preaching journalism, the politician who couldn't tell katie couric what she reads is now telling us what to write. she wants to teach us fair and balanced like where she works over at fox. >>> on the 100th anniversary of his birth, ronald reagan has become that rare transcended figure in american politics. i have questions for the people that made the big documentary on him. would reagan who opposed aggression have attacked iraq? finally, i know the lyrics to "the star spangled banner" are tough, but couldn't christina aguilera have learned the words before presenting it to the world? ♪ whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ the perilous fight ♪ what so proudly we watched ♪ as the twilight's last gleaming ♪ >> tonight's side show. we start with glenn beck. david brock is t
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2011 3:00am EST
president obama's healthcare reform, but today they interrupted his speech with applause. but not as much as o'reilly interrupted him yesterday. >> thank you. i'm here in the interest of being more neighborly. >> president obama's monday begins with a standing ovation from a major opponent, the u.s. chamber of commerce. >> he's walking into the lion's den. >> president obama tries mending fences with big business. >> this is clearly the bill daley white house strategy. >> i just want to encourage you to get in the game. >> first, a new business minded white house chief of staff, then cozying up to the chamber. >> i think it's a really bad idea. >> where does that leave progressives? howard dean will explain. >> liberal democrats like myself thinking with the president and the chamber of commerce about how we create jobs in this country. >> you have the u.s. chamber of commerce putting millions of dollars to run against democrats, to run against the healthcare legislation. >> applause from the chamber the day after the president suffers nonstop bill o'reilly interruptions. >> you see how o
MSNBC
Feb 12, 2011 5:00am EST
president obama says he's a christian, there's no beating back the drumbeat from the right that he's a muslim or something like it. check out this graphic moment from fox news of a franklin's focus group with republican caucus voters in iowa. >> i believe that he is a muslim. >> you do? >> yes. >> how many of you believe that here? wow. >> well, that's ten raised hands out of 25 republican caucus voters. 40%. they believe this nonsense apparently. remember, these are the folks who picked the next gop presidential nominee. the iowa republican caucus-attenders. republicans, religion, and realty, our top story tonight. >>> plus, suspicions confirmed. when all those tea partiers won in november they threatened republicans, we thought. now they help vote down an extension of the patriot act. orrin hatch is so afraid of getting primaried, it looks like he crashed a tea party event last night. >>> it's the right wingers who talk about freedom and liberty, so why are they lining up behind the old guard and egypt and not the supporters, people in tahrir square? could it be that they see fre
MSNBC
Feb 15, 2011 7:00pm EST
that president obama was not born in america. what this means is that in order to be nominated for the republican nomination a republican has to pretend or actually deny that president obama is a legitimate president he would be running against. the lie that won't die is our top story tonight. and speaking of those republican candidates, where are they? why hasn't a serious candidate even declared yet? could it be as joe scarborough suggests in politico this morning that they secretly believe that obama is going to be very hard to beat next year? "morning joe" himself joins us tonight. joe scar borough in ten minutes. >>> plus, the phony case for war against iraq. "the guardian" reports today that the source the bush administration relied on known as curveball believed that -- there was no weapons of mass nuclear weapons. no wonder donald rumsfeld doesn't repeat the lie in his new book. the budget. i get the politics but why is president willing to cut programs he knows work. final out on a limbaugh. we've been looking for a republican that would say limbaugh doesn't represent the republican par
CNN
Feb 7, 2011 7:00pm EST
president obama is trying to make peace, or at least detaunt. >> maybe if we had brought over a fruit cake we would have gotten off to a better star. >>> that and a rare scene with newt gingrich, ahead. >>> but first the state department tonight is raising new kern concerns that the egyptian government is excluding dialogue to end the protests. that same complaint in tahrir square, from prodemocracy protesters -- nic robertson joins us live with the latest. and nic, traffic jams today, so some images of a return to normalcy, but when you talk to people involve in the diplomacy and negotiations, boy, is there a lot of mistrust. >> reporter: there is, and i guess one of the strangest images for me today, john, was to see a group of about 30 to 40 policemen in their freshly cleaned and pressed yuan uniforms, looking very smug, standing in front of their burned out police station in alexandria, an incredible juxtaposition, these police have suddenly come back en masse on monday morning to do their jobs, guiding traffic, they have a history of taking bribes off of drivers at busy intersections,
FOX News
Feb 7, 2011 9:00pm EST
in the hour. yesterday, after days of sending conflicting messages to the world president obama hooked to collar fight u.s.' position we it -- to clarify the u.s.' position we it comes to egypt. >> the president: we said you have to start a transition now. mubarak has decided he's not running again. his term is up this year. we said let's make sure that you get all the group together. let the egyptian people make a determination. what is the process or an orderly transition >> sean: all of those so-called groups could include radicals from the muslim brotherhood. watch this. >> bill: does it disturb you that so many people hate you? i'm serious, serious question. >> the president: the truth is, the people -- and i'm sure previous presidents would say the same thing, bush, clinton, reagan for anybody. the people who dislike you don't know you. >> bill: but they hate you. >> the president: the folks who hate you, don't know you. what they hate is whatever fun house mirror of you that is out there. they don't know you. >> sean: here with reaction to that and who are dick morris. new book
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2011 11:00pm EST
finally tonight, earlier in the text survey, i asked should president obama withdraw u.s. support from the government? results are in. 76% said yes and 24% said no. this is the ed show. we will see you tomorrow night >> i do believe we will transition to mean change. >> peaceful transition to real democracy. >> the white house watches egypt, a new crisis breaks out at home. >> breaking news in the efforts to repeal president obama's health care law. >> a federal judge just declared a key part of president obama's health care overhaul unconstitutional. >> the judge cited and sued to overturn the law and cannot force people to buy health insurance. >> the up rising is just the latest test for the obama white house. >> some people who are looking at this through a political lens. >> everyone's egypt talking points sound bipartisan. >> we have a responsibility to respond. >> it's not up to us to give the egyptians advice about this. >> it's not who retains power, but how are we going to respond? >> politics can break out at any moment. >> the worst possible example is what happened to jimm
MSNBC
Feb 4, 2011 2:00am EST
claims that the obama administration is taking its orders from fundamentalist muslims who have been infiltrated into the conservative organization as well. what's next? tell us to shoot somebody else in the head? wow. plus here's what donald rumsfeld remembers in his new book that president bush came to him two weeks after 9/11 and talked about war with iraq. here's what he forgets that whiling the pentagon was still smoldering that day it was rumsfeld himself who was targeted saddam hussein despite the fact that iraq didn't attack us. tonight we play rummy. while republicans wanted to run, president obama seems to be launching his re-election campaign, today he hit two points republicans love to question, his christianity and winning the future. guess who suddenly is looking stronger for 2012. let me finish with glenn beck's cracker barrel crack up. let me start with the situation in egypt. joining me on the phone in cairo is nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel. richard, what do we make of this call for trials of president mubarak and people like vice president omar
MSNBC
Feb 13, 2011 7:00am EST
, leading off tonight, the big right wing lie. no many how times obama says he's a christian. there's no beating back that he's a muslim. check out this graphic moment from fox news of a frank live's focus group with republican caucus voters in iowa. >> i believe that he is a muslim. >> you do. >> yes, yes. >> how did do you believe that here? >> how many believe? wow. >> that's ten raised hands out of 20 republican caucus voters. do they believe this nonsense? remember, they're the ones who picked the next gop nominee. republicans, religion and reality, our top story tonight, plus suspicions confirmed. what all those tea partyiers want to know. well, here goes. tea partieriers helped vote down an extension of the patriot act last night and hatch is so fearful of getting primaried last year he crashed the tea party himself last night. and it's the right wingers who talk about freedom and liberty, so why are they lining up behind the old guard in egypt and not behind those in the street, supporters at tahrir square. and return of the culture wars. some republican congressmen are stok
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2011 10:00pm EST
. so what should the change president barack obama be doing for the protesters in egypt? my commentary on that coming up. and oil money trumps national security. exhibit a? the coke brothers. the battle against energy independence courtesy of the corporateists. and the line that connects the hate speech of rush limbaugh to the racist threats made against a california state senator. now there are new threats. and finally, calls to do something about it. but first, let's get the latest on the uprising in egypt from the senior producer for democracy now joining us tonight via phone from cairo, egypt. shareef good to have you with us tonight. i think what americans really want to know, is there any way mubarak is going to be able to survive this? >> well, today tens of thousands of protesters gathered in tahrir square in the third day of de defiance of a military curfew and are calling on the ouster of the mubarak regime. the demands have not changed since the uprising began one week ago on january 25th. they are calling for the removal of this political order that has repressed them, kept
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2011 3:00am EST
on the efforts to repeal. >> a key part of president obama's health care overhaul unconstitutional. >> this is widely anticipated ruling. >> the judge sided with 26 institutes arguing that the federal government cannot force people to buy health insurance. >> florida has become the second judge to declare that part of the law unconstitutional. >> the uprising in egypt is just the latest political test for the obama white house. >> there are some people who are looking at this through a political lens. >> meanwhile, everyone's egypt talking point, sound bipartisan. >> we have a responsibility to respond. >> it's not up to us to give the egyptians advice about this. >> it's not a question of who retains power. it's how are we going to respond? >> but politics could break out at any moment. >> big test for obama. >> and the worst possible example would be what happened to jimmy carter. the carter white house became trapped in the rose garden and failed to win reelection. >> the white house has been scrambling to respond. >> thus far pleased at the strength that it has taken place. >>
MSNBC
Feb 9, 2011 3:00am EST
. >>> president obama's approval rating this week is 46%, exactly the same as president clinton and six points higher than president reagan at this time in their presidencies. president obama is now focused on the same issue they were at this point. jobs. >> i do have one quick scheduling announcement. >> the president's outreach mission continues. >> the president will host speaker boehner, majority leader can tore, for lunch here at the white house. >> the speaker finally rsvps yes, and they even agreed on the topic. >> they should be talking about jobs. >> we will get domestic spending to the lowest level as a share of gdp since eisenhower. >> republicans agree on the obama goal of creating jobs, and cutting spending, but how? >> spokesman for house speaker john boehner says quote, rather than doubling down on his job questioning agenda, the president should work with republicans to reduce economic uncertainty and create jobs. spending is what is going on. it is the source of problems. we have to grow the economy. >> they are not too receptive to this idea. >> but creating jobs is not what
MSNBC
Feb 11, 2011 8:00pm EST
mandela was freed by the apartheid regime in south africa. president obama welcomed the news. >> the people of egypt have spoken. their voices have been heard. and egypt will never be the same. this is not the end of egypt's transition. it is the beginning. i'm sure there will be difficult days ahead, and many questions remain unanswered. but i am confident that the people of egypt can find the answers, and do so peacefully, constructive constructively, and in the spirit of unity that has defined these last few weeks. for egyptians have made it clear that nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the day. >> of course, some could not resist playing politics with the moment. sarah palin tweeted media asks will obama administration exert as much constructive pressure on iranian government to change and allow freedom as they just did for egypt. joining me from the middle of the celebrations, nbc news chief correspondent, richard engel. thanks for joining us. >> my pleasure. not quite in the middle of the celebrations right here. we had to come up to a somewhat quieter locat
CNN
Feb 7, 2011 5:00pm EST
police. and what's the worst part about being president of the united states? president obama may wish he could take another stab at answering that question and talk a little bit less about himself. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." the observeway white house is warning egypt that words are not enough. no more, and that the mubarak government must take concrete steps towards greater freedom and democracy. let's go straight to the white house. our correspondent dan lothian is joining us with the latest. sensitive times, dan, for the president, but these are critically important issues. >> reporter: that's right, and all of the energy here at the white house is focused on strongly encouraging this transition process along, realizing that it is not easy because, as one official pointed out here at the white house today, the situation on the ground in egypt changes from hour to hour, so as robert gibbs says it's going to be a bumpy road. strolling back to the white house from his u.s. chamber of commerce speech president obama struck an optimistic tone on the process to resolv
CNN
Feb 18, 2011 11:00am EST
are criticizing michelle obama for creating what they say is a nanny state. carol costello joins us from washington. carol what is the concern here? what is the complaint? >> well, the concern is with the allegations that michelle obama wants to create a nanny state. it started with michelle obama's little garden at the white house. she invited children to plant vegetables to encourage kids to eat healthy, the start of her childhood anti-obesity campaign, which many people said was a no downside issue. wrong. turns out some conservatives say that planted the seeds of her real goal, to create a nanny state, an allegation that gained steam when she championed breast feeding because some people say breast feeding leads to slimmer adults, and that came around the time that the irs said breast pumps could be a tax deduction. michelle bachman says to think that the government has to buy my breast pump for my babies, i think you just got the definition of the nanny state, and yesterday sarah palin jumped on that band wagon again. >> it's no wonder that michelle obama is saying, you better breas
MSNBC
Feb 18, 2011 9:00am EST
? michelle obama's words on the subject touched off a fiery debate and don't think you can predict where liberals and con conservatives come down on this one t is february 18, 2011, i'm savannah guthrie. >> everything have to be polar rising. >> apparently nothing sacred. >> i'm chuck off. get to the run down. maybe the next political story the next two years has been ignited in wisconsin. we are going to start in a showdown in the states. governors are slashing spending, cope with billions of dollars in budget short falls thanks to a whole bunch of reasons, medicaid new york more recovery act, the battle lines are drawn in many 2012 battleground states. many have ideologically conservative republican governors. >> to set the scene a little bit, 44 states are projecting combined deficits of 125 billion for 2012. this pits democrats against fiscally conservative governors, many of whom have just come into office. in which is, which the protests in their fourth straight day over governor so the scot walkers a plan to eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public employees and make
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2011 5:00pm EST
theories involving collaboration by the two president bushes and president obama or all three in fact in a muslim world order. this weird fight is our gripping top story tonight. next, donald rumsfeld, former defense secretary has been promoteing a book in which he says, contrary to the facts, it was president bush who first pushed fighting the war in iraq after 9/11 when it was, yes, mr. rumsfeld yourself, sir. plus you want to know what's behind the sudden pressure to get jeb bush to run for president? hopelessness, less to do with bush himself than the republican field of next turners out there and second raters that pose a weak challenge to president obama next year. also, who would have thought the challenge to the health care bill would come from senate democrats. the moderates and some may have more to say about killing, the key individual mandate in the bill than all the republicans put together. let me finish tonight with that big announcement in philly today that the country is going to actually build, really build, a fast national train system. let's start with the conserva
CNN
Feb 17, 2011 7:00pm EST
including president obama's grass root organizations. they include limits on collective bargaining. among the governor's proposals, prohibiting unions from deducting dues from paychecks. cash-strapped states from coast to coast are watching this showdown. so is the president of the united states. >> some of what i have heard coming out of wisconsin where you are just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions. >> governor walker says he had no choice and was elected to make tough decisions. the plan is in limbo, because state senate democrats, they boycotted their session and there was not enough members to move ahead with the planned votes. let's discuss the states and the national implications. joining us, candy crowley and dana bash. somebody watching in utah or california or massachusetts might say, why do i care? if you don't live in the dakotas, there is a problem. >> you have red ink and that's the huge difference between here, where you print more money, in the states where you are qurequired to balance your bud
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2011 4:00am EST
on which the drama, politics, and ethics of all of this tilt. when president obama spoke about the situation in egypt, he spoke in generally supportive terms of both the egyptian people and protesters demands. governments must derive their power from consent not coercion. if that is true, then you have to answer the question does the united states believe that mubarak holds power legitimately? is he the legitimate leader of egypt or is he illegitimate? the party is called the national democratic party. there were parliamentary elections in egypt this past november. 518 seats were at stake. when he got done counting what do you know? 500 of the 518 went for his own party. the election before that in 2007, a third of the upper house was at stake. 84 of the 88 went for mr. mubarak's party. of the remaining four, three of them went to other members of mr. mabarak's party. so they won 87 of the 88 seats in that election when he was down counting. not bad for a supposed democracy. the united states does not only support governments around the world that are legitimate in the eyes of
MSNBC
Feb 10, 2011 2:00am EST
president obama says his's a christian, there's no beating back the drumbeat from the right that he's a muslim. check it out from fox news, with a republican caucus voters in iowa. >> i believe that he is a muslim. >> you do? >> yes. >> how would you believe that here?ç >> wow. >> wow, that's ten raised hands out of 25 republican caucus voters. 40%, they believe this nonsense apparently. these are the folks who picked the next gop presidential nominee. the iowa rep caucus attenders, religions and reality our top story tonight. it looks like he's crashed at a tea party event him celeste last night. the right wingers always talk about freedom and liberty, so why are they lining up behind the old guard in egypt and not the people in the streets? could they see freedom as their kind or their way? >>> and the return of the culture wars. some republican congressmen are stoking up the abortion fight. whatever happened to all that talk about creating jobs? finally tweeting his words, the painful lesson rick santorum just learned about criticizing herself, sarah palin. that's in "the sides
CBS
Feb 11, 2011 4:00am EST
obama issued a critical and blunt statement following mubarak's latest defiant stand. now, clearly impatient, mr. obama said the universal rights of the egyptian people must be respected. quote, the egyptian people have been told that there was a transition of authority. the president said, but it is not clear yet that this transition is immediate, meaningful, or sufficient. ines ferre is in washington with more on this. good morning, ines. >> reporter: good morning, betty. and president obama held a late-night meeting at the white house with his national security team. they're scrambling right now, after being caught off guard by the latest turn of events. the white house was as surprised as anyone president mubarak did not step down. in a statement last night, president obama criticized the egyptian leader for not offering his people the reforms they demand. it is the responsibility of the government to speak clearly to the egyptian people and the word, it read. the egyptian government must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy, and they h
CNN
Feb 17, 2011 5:00pm EST
at the wisconsin state capital. as you said, the drama has made it all the way to the without. president obama criticized the budget bill, saying that it seemed like it was, quote, short-sighted thinking on the part of the governor. listen here to president obama. >> i would say, as a general proposition, that everybody's got to make some adjustments to new fiscal realities. we had to impose, for example, a freeze on pay increases for federal workers for the next two years as part of my overall budget freeze. on the other hand, some of what i have heard coming out of wisconsin, where you're just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally seems like more of an assault on unions. >> reporter: the president through press secretary jay carney, he reiterated his boss's point, saying the president doesn't think this is the right way to fix a shorefall, but on the other end, john boehner is criticizing the president and defending scott walker. in a statement he released, he said, in part, quote, rather than shouten down those in office who speak honestly about the challen
CSPAN
Feb 14, 2011 12:30am EST
president obama talks about the budget and education. we will also have reaction from the pentagon, the white house budget office, and members of congress. on tuesday, the house is expected to start debate on a bill that proposes a broad reductions in fiscal year 2011 spending levels possible vote later in the week. live health coverage on c-span. tomorrow on c-span3, a hearing on public employee pensions and state financial problems. our live coverage starts at 4:00 p.m. eastern on c-span3. >> we are focused with the threat is. our goal is to protect whatever consumers or employees use. >> monday, cyber security on the communicator's on c-span2. >> not a look at the week ahead for the president and congress. this is just under an hour. "washington journal" continues. host: our sunday round table, welcome back. let's begin with c-pac conference which wrapped up yesterday. coming in first in the non- binding straw poll again this year, texas commerce ron paul getting 30%. what do you read into those numbers? guest: ron paul has proved to be pretty popular. this group -- the tracks c
CNN
Feb 14, 2011 5:00pm EST
of president obama's new budget blueprint for 1212. it includes billions of dollars of spending cuts, airports, heat subsidies for the poor, water treatment plants, pell grants for higher education, some of the targets, and we're taking a hard look at budget and how both parties are dodging the biggest most painful cuts, despite all of those i just mentioned. let's bring in our white house correspondent dan lothian. the bottom line is despite all of those cuts critics are pouncing. >> reporter: they really are. i should say, first of all, from the president on down and other aides at the white house, they do say there is a lot of pain in this budget, that they did have to make some tough choices, but democrats think that it went too far. some republicans say that it didn't go far enough, especially when it comes to tackling the massive federal deficit. president obama's own debt commission laid out an ominous assessment last year warning of fiscal cancer without drastic surgery on the federal deficit. >> it's going to destroy our country from within. the problem is real. the solutions are pain
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